One Piece Bounty Rush
One Piece Bounty Rush logo.png
Developer(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment[1]
Producer(s)Tsunehiro Shibata[2]
SeriesOne Piece
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Android, iOS[3]
ReleaseMarch 29, 2018 (initial release)[4]
January 31, 2019 (re-release)[5]
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Multiplayer

One Piece Bounty Rush is a free-to-play mobile game based on the One Piece franchise, developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is played in real-time with four player teams in battle mode, in which the team that has the most treasure at the end wins. Every battle takes place within a location from the One Piece series.

Production and gameplay

The mobile game is a collaboration between Bandai Namco Entertainment, One Piece author Eiichiro Oda, anime production studio Toei Animation, and the manga publisher Shueisha.[6]

It was initially released on March 29, 2018 for Android and iOS platforms and was taken offline on April 10, 2018 for long-term maintenance[7][8] and was later re-released with graphics and gameplay overhaul on January 31, 2019.[9][10]

One Piece Bounty Rush has a team of four players competing against another team of four players in real-time, with each battlefield being based on a location within the One Piece series.[1][11] The winner is whichever team has the most coins at the end of a battle. Players can enhance a character's level by collecting in-game items from either the story mode or a battlefield.[1]

Each team has to place their own flag on treasure to claim it. The four character types within a team are Runner, Attacker, or Defender. The runner grabs points, the attacker fights enemies, and the defender moves enemies out of the way. There are a variety of characters to choose from and each character has their own attacks.[3] The attacks include a basic combo and special skills. When using a basic combo, the player has to attack whatever character is closest. Every point from claiming treasure gives the player a small bonus after the battle.[12] When a basic combo is finished, the enemy is knocked down, but they have the ability to not be harmed while getting back up.[3]

Reception

The game's pre-launch test had one million players.[13] On June 1, 2020, the game's Facebook page reported 20 million downloads.[14]

Dave Aubrey, of Pocket Gamer, wrote, "I don't hate One Piece: Bounty Rush at all, but after getting a feel for how much effort would be required to level up characters and play with a larger variety, it's not something I want to return to."[3] Dan M. Scarborough said in a Blue Moon Game review, "One Piece Bounty Rush is a shift from gacha style to a real-time PvP action game, which is quite a brave move. However, mere bravado is not enough for a game to succeed, a lesson many developers learned the hard way. This game is just not worthy of the effort you need to invest in order to have some reward."[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c Morse, Blake (April 4, 2018). "GDC 2018: One Piece Bounty Rush Interview: 'We're Still Balancing The Game'". Shacknews. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "One Piece Bounty Rush Producer Tsunehiro Shibata | Vegas Only Entertainment". January 30, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Aubrey, Dave (February 5, 2019). "One Piece: Bounty Rush review - "Not enough booty"". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "ONE PIECE Bounty Rush - Revenue & Download estimates - Google Play Store - Japan". Sensor Tower. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "ONE PIECE Bounty Rush". www.facebook.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  6. ^ Dela Cruz, Janna (November 4, 2017). "'One Piece: Bounty Rush' Release Date: First Details for Mobile Game Revealed". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "One Piece Bounty Rush Long-Term Maintenance Announcement". Facebook. One Piece Bounty Rush. May 11, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Long-Term Maintenance Progress Update and Service Relaunch Estimations". www.facebook.com. One Piece Bounty Rush. June 20, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "Important Announcement". www.facebook.com. One Piece Bounty Rush. January 31, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2020. Thank you for your patience! One Piece Bounty Rush is back! Please update or install the app from the relevant store.
  10. ^ "[Qoo News] One Piece Bounty Rush Service Back Online!". QooApp. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "One Piece Bounty Rush Trailer". IGN. April 2, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  12. ^ a b M. Scarborough, Dan (February 10, 2019). "One Piece Bounty Rush". Blue Moon Game. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Highfield, Vaughn (March 20, 2018). "Bandai Namco Has Big Plans For Mobile As It Doubles Down in 2018". Alphr. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  14. ^ "One Piece Bounty Rush". Archived from the original on September 2, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2020 – via Facebook.

External links